This exciting excursion includes the intricate tunnels at Vinh Moc in the DMZ (De-Militarized Zone) created by the North Vietnamese during the war as well as the splendid Phong Nha National Park recognized as a World’s Heritage site in 2003. The complex of Phong Nha cave & Ke Bang national park has become Vietnam’s fifth World’s Heritage.
Day 1: Hue - Vinh Moc Tunnels - Dong Hoi
8am: Pick up at your hotel. Depart from Hue to Dong Hoi. After about 3-hour drive, stop at Ben Hai River, which was home to the DMZ during the war. In military terms, a DMZ is an area, usually the frontier or boundary between two or more military powers (or alliances), where military activity is not permitted, usually by peace treaty, armistice or other bilateral or multilateral agreement - 5 km either side of the river was declared the DMZ. Walk on the Hien Luong bridge crossing over Ben Hai river to reach the northern river bank. Back in the bus. Continue to the Vinh Moc underground tunnel, situated 13 km east of the national Highway 1A and just 6 km away from the sea. It was one of the most famous battlefield in Vietnam war. The tunnels used to be thousands of meters long. But now there remain only 1,700m. Proceed to explore the network, beginning by the 1st level, then the 2nd level, passing on a main axis with housing chambers along the 2 sides. The exits are next to the sea. The Vinh Moc tunnels remain unaltered and therefore offer an authentic view of underground life during the war. Continue to Dong Hoi. O/N in Dong Hoi.
Day 2: Dong Hoi - Phong Nha National Park - Hue
8am: drive to Son River and boat trip to the famed caves at Phong Nha. The park has some beautiful limestone formations, grottoes and caves and forest. The park also contains the largest primeval forest in Vietnam and the biggest limestone mountain range on the planet. After the exploration of the caves, return to Dong Hoi for lunch before driving back to Hue. On the way back, stop to visit Quang Tri ancient citadel. Back to Hue. End of services.